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Brandywine Roller Derby will be skating in cadence as they make their way to Columbus from Downingtown (PA) for the first-ever matchup between Brandywine’s Belligerents and Ohio’s charter team. Ohio, who just returned from the Skate To Thrill Invitational in St. Charles, Missouri, currently sits at 2-2 this season. They opened the season with a close loss to rivals Naptown in front of a sell-out Columbus crowd, then dropped their first bout at Skate To Thrill against Houston Roller Derby. Ohio bounced back nicely with an upset victory over No Coast Derby Girls, then took care of business against the Killamazoo Derby Darlins to close their weekend. In the Killamazoo bout, two Ohio jammers eclipsed the century mark in bout scoring, with Pain Train tallying exactly 100 points, and Gorges Curves scoring 140 respectively. Pain Train was named Most Valuable Player for Ohio at the conclusion of the invitational. So far in her career with Ohio, Pain Train has now collected two individual bout MVP awards in two bouts, as well as an invitational MVP award. If it seems as if Ohio has played a lot of derby to start their 2017 season, they have. The Brandywine bout will be

(35) Ohio Kicks Off 2017 Against (31) Naptown Roller Derby

This Saturday, Ohio Roller Derby dives head first into their 2017 season with a home opener against heated rivals, the Naptown Roller Derby Tornado Sirens (Indianapolis). Ohio and Naptown’s rivalry goes back nearly a decade with Naptown holding a 4-3 advantage in sanctioned play. However, the Tornado Sirens don’t have the last laugh when it comes to this rivalry. Just last month, in Indianapolis, Ohio was able to defeat Naptown in front of their home crowd by a mere two points in an unsanctioned bout. With multiple lead changes in the second half, Ohio fielded recent transfer skater Pain Train on the jammer line who was able to get past two Naptown blockers. In the meanwhile, Chainsaw, Lora "Outa My" Wayman, Betty T. KayO, and Kelsey Khaos held back the Tornado Siren jammer for the game ending call-off for Ohio. Both squads finished their 2016 season by earning trips to the WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs, although they were at different locations. Ohio went 1-3 at the Madison, Wisconsin, playoff location and finished in 9th place after defeating No Coast (Lincoln, NE) in their final bout of the weekend. Naptown played three tough opponents in Rat City (Seattle), Queen City (Buffalo), and

Ohio Roller Derby – 2017 Preview

Ohio Roller Derby will be kicking off their 2017 season in a familiar setting as OHRD will continue to play all its home bouts at the Ohio Building located within the Ohio Expo Center. What may not be familiar to some of Ohio’s die-hard fans are a few of the faces of the skaters that will make up this season’s charter squad. After an impressive debut with Ohio at the Division 1 Playoffs in Madison last season, Ithaca transfer Gorges Curves has solidified herself as a go-to jammer for OHRD and can also be thrown into a clutch pack for defensive purposes if the need arises. Another transfer coming Ohio’s way via Dayton’s Gem City is the powerful Pain Train. In her first action for Ohio last month in an unsanctioned bout at Naptown (Indianapolis), Pain Train obtained lead jammer on the bout’s final jam and was able to solidify a two-point victory for Ohio. If powerful hits and fancy footwork are something you’d be interested in, keep an eye on #00 (short for chOO chOO) as Pain Train will see a lot of track time for OHRD this year. Adding a blast of talent and youth to Ohio’s roster


For the fourth straight year, Ohio Roller Derby has qualified for WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs, showing their mettle as one of the top 40 teams in the world. With the implementation of the divisional system in 2013, Ohio exploded into Division 1, placing second at Playoffs and reaching the quarterfinals at Championships. They have returned to D1 Playoffs each year since, and this year will enter as the #9 seed at the final D1 tournament in Madison, WI. Hosted by the #10 seed Mad Rollin’ Dolls, the tournament will also see gameplay from Gotham Girls Roller Derby, Arch Rival Roller Derby, Minnesota RollerGirls, Tampa Roller Derby, Team United, Helsinki Roller Derby, No Coast Derby Girls, and Ohio’s first opponent of the weekend, Windy City Rollers. While Ohio and Windy are next door neighbors on the current WFTDA rankings and have each played 12 sanctioned games this season, the two have had rather different journeys from last year’s postseason to now. In 2015, Windy rolled into Playoffs ranked 20 overall, but dropped into Division 3 by the end of the year and remained there until April; since then, they’ve methodically climbed back into Division 1 and will hit Playoffs ranked 32nd. Ohio,


New name, new faces, new tournament. While Ohio Roller Derby has participated in a variety of tournaments in its 11-year history, including 6 consecutive trips to Midwest BrewHaHa in Milwaukee, the Columbus team is mixing it up with an early-season trip to Missouri for the second annual Skate to Thrill. Eight teams are each guaranteed three games during the two-day invitational, and participants include the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes, Wasatch Roller Derby, Calgary Roller Derby Association, and tourney hosts St. Chux Derby Chix. Ohio’s focus will be on a trio of teams they have faced a handful of times in the past: (27) No Coast Derby Girls (Lincoln, NE), (48) Houston Roller Derby, and (40) The Chicago Outfit. Ohio already has a leg up on their opponents, as No Coast hasn’t played a sanctioned game since D1 Playoffs in October 2015, Houston since losing to Sun State Roller Girls in September, and Chicago since D2 Playoffs in August; Ohio, on the other hand, is 2-0 for the season after a 244-139 opening win over Ann Arbor & a 312-59 blowout against Ithaca this past weekend. They also played nearly twice as many sanctioned games as their contenders last season: 23 contests

(34) Ohio Hits The Road For Clash With (29) Steel City

Between 2006 and 2012, the Ohio Roller Girls and Steel City’s Steel Hurtin’ only managed to play each other two times, with both squads winning once.  Over the last two seasons, however, Ohio and Steel City have played each other four times, and have developed quite the rivalry with one another.  Pittsburgh’s Steel Hurtin’ lost to Ohio twice in 2013 and once again in late August of 2014.  However, the old proverb “revenge is a dish best served cold,” or… vengeance is often more satisfying if it is not executed immediately, couldn’t be more true for Steel City as they were able to defeat Ohio one month later at the WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs.  Ohio has had nearly a full year to digest that loss, and to prepare for this weekend’s upcoming rematch with the Pittsburgh squad.  Although Ohio has a 4-2 overall record over Steel City, the bouts themselves have been close and exciting to the end with the average winning point differential over their six bouts being only 27 points. With a 10-7 overall record this season, Ohio is currently riding high as they are sporting a four bout win streak over teams Demolition City (IN), Ft. Wayne (IN),


The Ohio Roller Girls will boot, scoot, and boogie their way southwest this weekend for a tough bout against the Nashville Rollergirls.  The matchup will be the third meeting between these two teams, with both squads each winning once on their home turf.  Nashville took the first ever matchup in Tennessee, 166-43, back in 2010, while Ohio served up some home-cooking last season in Columbus, 194-128.  With final rankings and tournament seedings being released, both teams will have to channel their inner Spinal Tap, dig deep for that little extra, and turn it to “eleven” if they want positive momentum headed into playoffs. The Nashville Rollergirls have fallen from Division 1 into Division 2 this season, but it wasn’t because the team has taken a step back talent-wise.  With a 2015 record of 5-7, Nashville’s Music City All Stars have committed themselves to playing a stronger schedule this year than in season’s past.  Riding a three bout win streak with victories against Columbia (SC), Cincinnati (OH), and Providence (RI), Nashville also has victories over Blue Ridge (NC) and St. Chux (MO).  Their losses came to Boston (MA), Charlottesville (VA), Arch Rival (MO), and Naptown (IN).  Most recently, the Music City All


This weekend marks a decade of derby for the Ohio Roller Girls, and they’ll celebrate by welcoming in the Ft. Wayne Derby Girls’ Bomb Squad and Burning River Roller Derby’s HazMat Crew for an action-packed double header at the Ohio Building on Saturday.  The weekend celebration calls for all OHRG skating/officiating/and other volunteer alumni to come back and see what their hard work has built over the past ten years. The (29) Ohio Roller Girls are coming off a tough three day weekend in Milwaukee (WI) where they participated in the 6th annual Midwest BrewHaHa invitational.  Ohio had one of the toughest schedules out of all the participating teams as they faced the (14) Arch Rival Roller Girls (St. Louis), (7) Minnesota RollerGirls (St. Paul), and (23) Tampa Roller Derby.  OHRG fought hard, but eventually went 0-3 over the weekend taking their overall 2015 record to 6-6 in sanctioned WFTDA play.  BrewHaHa marks the first time Ohio has lost three consecutive bouts since 2012.  Your local squad looks to bounce back this weekend as they’ll take on the (69) Ft. Wayne Bomb Squad (IN). Ft. Wayne will enter Columbus with a 2-8 record this season with their two victories coming early against


For the sixth consecutive year, the Ohio Roller Girls will travel to Milwaukee (WI) for Midwest BrewHaHa, a three day invitational featuring WFTDA charter bouts, WFTDA reserve team action, men’s roller derby (MRDA), and junior competition.  This year, the (22) Ohio Roller Girls will have their collective hands full, as they have perhaps one of the toughest schedules of any team at the event.  On Friday at 2:15 p.m., Ohio will take the track against the undefeated (18) Arch Rival Roller Girls, and on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., Ohio will play the (6) Minnesota RollerGirls.  Finally, Ohio will skate against (23) Tampa Roller Derby on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.  Ohio will definitely be tested as they look to finish the regular season in the top 20, and avoid the dreaded #6 vs #3 seed opening round bout at playoffs. Ohio’s first opponent this weekend, the (18) Arch Rival Roller Girls, have been on an absolute tear this season.  After picking up transfer skaters Bricktator from Bay Area Derby Girls, and Harmony Killerbruise from Minnesota, Arch appears to have found a couple of skaters who can help the squad make a push for their first ever appearance at the WFTDA Championship

(19) Ohio To Host (33) Queen City and Hammer City Roller Girls

This weekend will mark the third time in as many years the Queen City Roller Girls (Buffalo) will face off against the Ohio Roller Girls, with the visitors looking for their first ever victory over the Columbus squad.  They first met at Toronto’s Quad City Chaos in 2013 where Ohio was victorious 211-125.  Ohio followed that up with a victory at home last season 239-109.  Currently 3-2 in sanctioned play this season, the Ohio Roller Girls will look to stay above .500 as they still have twelve bouts on their regular season schedule.  The OHRG are looking to snap a two-game skid that saw them lose a non-sanctioned bout to Naptown (Indianapolis) 182-132, then to Boston 281-136.  If history is any indication of how Ohio will fare this weekend, the outlook is good for the home squad.  Since June 2010, the Ohio Roller Girls are 29-1 with home track advantage, with their sole loss coming last season to Atlanta. Whereas Ohio has won their two previous bouts by a comfortable margin over Queen City, this bout has the feeling of a contest that could go either way.  The Buffalo squad has steadily improved over the past two seasons, making the WFTDA